Location & Date
Metro Board Room, One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor,
Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:30 a.m.
Call to Order
Diane DuBois, Chair
Eric Garcetti, Vice Chair
Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd Vice Chair
Carrie Bowen, non-voting member
Arthur T. Leahy, Chief Executive Officer
Michele Jackson, Board Secretary
Karen Gorman, Ethics Officer
Karen Gorman, Acting Inspector General
County Counsel, General Counsel
49. RECEIVE report of the Chief Executive Officer.
50. RECEIVE oral TAP Working Group update.
51. RECEIVE oral Federal/State Affairs update.
52. ADOPT Staff Recommended Positions:
A. H.R. 3620 (Bass) – Would permit transportation agencies to consider the hiring of local workers in the evaluation of bids and proposals for highway and transit projects where federal funds are being used. SUPPORT
B. H.R. 3636 (Blumenauer) – Would gradually increase the federal gas tax by 15-cents, index the gas tax to inflation and seek to replace the federal gas tax with a more stable alternative by 2024. SUPPORT
C. S.1702/H.R. 3486 (Lee/Graves) – Would reduce, in stages, the federal gas tax from 18.4-cents to 3.7-cents and concurrently transfer authority of federal highway and transit programs to States. OPPOSE
D. S.1716 (Warner) – Would seek to facilitate efficient investments and financing of infrastructure projects and new long-term job creation through the establishment of an Infrastructure Financing Authority. WORK WITH AUTHOR
53. ADOPT a set of policies to guide advocacy for the extension of the Metro ExpressLanes Program and to seek broader authority to implement ExpressLanes in Los Angeles County.
54. ADOPT the race-neutral Small Business Set-Aside Policy for:
A. Federal Transit Administration funded contracts and amend the Metro Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program in accordance with the US Department of Transportation DBE Program final rule 49 Code of Federal Regulation Part 26; and
B. non-federally funded competitively-negotiated contracts and amend the Metro Small Business Enterprise Program.
55. APPROVE the Motion by Director Knabe that the MTA Board instruct the CEO to report back to the Board in March 2014, at a minimum to the EMC Committee and the full Board, with a "top ten" list of ten or more innovative ways to use technology to enhance the customer experience and improve customer access to the Metro bus and rail system, including an evaluation of how these innovations would advance Metro's strategic goals and improve customer service.
56. APPROVE staff's recommendation to revise the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (Metro) Rules and Procedures for public input. The changes will modify existing language pertaining to:
A. Public Input for Agenda Items;
B. Public Input for Non-Agenda Items; and Public Input for Groups and Organizations.
57. APPROVE amendment of Metro's Customer Code of Conduct (the "Code") (Chapter 6-05 of the Administrative Code), specifically section 6-05-230 for Fare Evasion, to clarify the definition of fare evasion and add the definition of fare-required zone, add reference of Penal Code section 19.8 in footnote 39, and add section 6-05-230(B) in the fare evasion penalty schedule, all as set forth in Attachment A to this Board Report. The amended Code will become effective February 1, 2014.
58. AUTHORIZE the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to undertake a study of how a Bike Share Program could be implemented throughout the County, including the following provisions:
A. coordinate with the recommended pilot cities before adopting a plan;
B. funding for the Bike Share Program will be the responsibility of the cities, Metro will only play a coordinating role; and
C. complete the study within six months and return to the Board with the recommended approach.
(ALSO ON PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE)
59. CONSIDER directing the Chief Executive Officer to:
A. complete the appropriate environmental review of the conceptual station facility improvements to support federal, state and/or local funding requirements for facility improvements at the Metro Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station;
B. commence survey and appraisal activities for budget purposes; and
C. develop a detailed life-of-project budget estimate and identify a potential funding source for said improvements including the acquisition of a 1.25 acre County of Los Angeles Community Development Commission-owned parcel.
A. scheduling a public hearing to receive public comment on possible fare adjustments; and
B. authorizing publication of the legal notice to hold a public hearing.
67. APPROVE the development of two potential ballot initiatives for the November 2016 election, as follows:
A. a new sales tax that would enable acceleration of Measure R highway and transit projects and address other priority transportation needs throughout Los Angeles County; and
B. a sales tax extension that would enable acceleration of Measure R highway and transit projects and possibly address a limited amount of high priority transportation needs throughout Los Angeles County.
61. RECEIVE AND FILE status on the Project Labor Agreement and Construction Careers policy programs on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor project for activity through November 30, 2013.
62. RECEIVE AND FILE Union Station Security and Maintenance Pilot Program.
63. RECEIVE AND FILE Access Services report.
(ALSO ON FINANCE, BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE)
Consideration of items not on the posted agenda, including: items to be presented and (if requested) referred to staff; items to be placed on the agenda for action at a future meeting of the Committee or Board; and/or items requiring immediate action because of an emergency situation or where the need to take immediate action came to the attention of the Committee subsequent to the posting of the agenda.
COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC ON ITEMS OF PUBLIC INTEREST WITHIN COMMITTEE'S SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION